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    New 09 Force - going large

    Lately I had been trying to get a better fit on my 08 medium force with no luck. Short rides where fine and it was great over the technical stuff, but on longer rides i was getting more and more cramped on the bike. with the seat sky high and a 100mm stem already, it was time to try something bigger. BTW, I'm 6' and 190lbs.

    I had replaced about everything on my Force 3.0, so figured I'd just swap everything over. Thought about going for a different frame, but for the price and versatility, the Force is hard to beat. Plus, I'm comfortable with the design and know it works well for the mix of terrain I ride.

    Found an 09 1.0 frame, built her up, and couldn't be happier after the first ride. With the seatpost lower, the pedals are positioned much better for power generation. I'm also able to go with a shorter stem for better versatility without sacrificing fit. Climbing feels better with the additional room and descents easier with the shorter stem.

    Haven't noticed any changes in the frame from 08 to 09 apart from the new graphics and matte finish. Also haven't heard a single creak from the 09 frame, so there is at least one thing they've fixed. (my 08 needed to be re-tightened due to creaking).

    So here's my current setup:
    09 force one point zero LARGE
    RP23 rear shock
    454 pike dual air pushed
    hope pro II front / XC rear hub on 5.1d rims
    elixir cr brakes 180/160
    sram X.9 shifters / RD
    SLX FD
    truvative stylo team 3.3 cranks
    truvative aka 70mm stem
    sram pg990 cassette
    sunline v1 carbon low rise bars
    ergon gx1 grips
    fizik gobi xm seat
    joplin seatpot
    crank mallet 2 pedals
    nevegal tires 2.3/2.1

    30.6lbs on bathroom scale

    I'll be selling my old medium force frame if anyone is interested - it's the black perf special edition.
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    Nice, very nice.
    2009 GT Marathon Team,GT Force 2.0, GT Jelly Belly TT (nude carbon), and a very special Todd Wells Zaskar.

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    sick. what cranks are those?

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    Yeah very nice!!!

    Cranks look the Truvativ Stylo 3.3 Team?

    Love the Elixr's too!!
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    they're the 08 stylo 3.3 team cranks. great value - at 880g, it's hard to justify paying twice as much for XTs.

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    how much u want for the frame? you got a picture?

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    just posted in the classifieds.....

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    Nice build. Would you happen to know what the head tube angle is on that?

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    should be 69. the pike is 140mm, which is the length they spec on the completes.

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    Very nice bike, it looks better than the pictures in the GT website.
    I am thinking in getting one too.

    What is the seatpost diameter?
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    Hey superbird, would you mind telling me how long the gear cables are? Just need a reference so i know what length cable i to get.

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    i could probably give you an approximate by measuring on the bike. the rear is a full housing and the front ends at the seat stay bridge.

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    Yeah cool. I just needed to know if 3 meters of housing would be enough.

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    loosely measured last night and you should be about perfect with 3meters.

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    Sweet thanks. Just ordered the Gore RideOn, extra long version. That's 3 meters so was hoping that it'll be enough.

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    Update - new fun!

    Finally got some planned updates completed.

    Changes from previous:
    ODI Rogue grips - ergons limited hand positions in descents
    WTB Pure V SLT - fizik was good, but taint relief is better
    Velocity blunt 650b front rim on DMR 20mm thru hub
    Kenda nevegal 650b x 2.35 front wheel
    Kenda nevegal 2.35 rear
    Joplin remote kit
    Truvative 80mm stem
    Deity decoy flat pedals - for fun
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    That is pretty cool. How much room left do you have in the front, between the tire and fork?

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    It's a little tight, but works. We'll see how it fairs next time it's really muddy out.
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    How do you like the handling?

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    good so far, but have only had 1 ride on it. swapped the 2.1 in the back to a 2.35 to even out the traction. also using a slightly longer stem than previous and down to one spacer under it to lower the bars a bit.

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    Hey fellas, here is a pic of my current build of my GT Force. I've since added a Crankbro Joplin 3 post. It currently weights 36.6 #'s. I need help dropping the weight a bit but still not go broke. I'd like to get it down to 33 #s or so if possible. Here is what the build is off the top of my head:

    2007 Fox 36 Talas RC2
    Fox Float RP23
    Shimano XT (servo wave) brakes front 203 and rear 180
    SRAM x7 shifters, x9 RD
    SRAM Hussefelt crankset
    Shimano XT cassette
    Wheelset: Sunringle SOS rear w/ a unknown 20mm front wheel
    Specialized 2" rise bars
    Kenda El Moco tires F&R 2.35 and 2.10
    Shimano DX pedals.
    Raceface AM 90mm stem

    Only parts I'm not willing to change out are the suspension, adjustable seatpost, pedals, and brakes due to that fact that i'm 205# and ride hard. What suggestions do you guys have? Superbird how in the heck are you 6pounds lighter. I mean I know the fork is a lil less then a pound heavier but what the heck!
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    wow! not sure how you got that heavy...

    may want to look at your wheels and tires and that crank for starters.

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    Hey, I'm 6'2" but I have really long arms and legs, do you recommend to go L or XL with Force? Thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivot View Post
    Hey, I'm 6'2" but I have really long arms and legs, do you recommend to go L or XL with Force? Thanks...
    I'm 6' tall and got monkey arms and a large is money! I would say large.

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    Beautiful setup Superbird!

    I just bought a Med. 09 Force 1.0 from Giantnerd (one of the last), and Im a happy camper! I stand just short of 6', and the bike fits like a glove.

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